Sock factory accused of paying workers R500 per month

The Department of Labour says the minimum wage for people working in the textile industry is at the maximum R3 200 and that a factory in Turfontein, south of Johannesburg, can potentially have legal action taken against it if it does not comply.

On Tuesday, Stephen Grootes received a call from Mercia who shared how she and her colleagues are being exploited in the workplace.

She said that she works at a factory shop in Turfontein which produces socks and gets paid a measly R500 per month.

Grootes spoke to Stephen Rathai, Director for Employment Standards at the Department of Labour.

It is R3 200 when they work more than 27 hours per week and per hour will be R16,52 or R33,83. It depends on the job category that a person has.

Stephen Rathai, Director for Employment Standards at the Department of Labour

The inspectors will go to the workplace, check what the person was supposed to be paid, calculate the outstanding amount and issue a compliance order, if the employer refuses to comply he will be taken to the Labour Court.

Stephen Rathai, Director for Employment Standards at the Department of Labour

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